Bateman's back with a fast-paced, unforgettable story of murder, intrigue and reincarnation on the streets of Belfast.
Walter has a rubbish job but so has Margaret, a security guard at Primark, and when they meet through a dating agency, neither is who they seem.
Margaret's married for a start and Walter's encounter with her husband Billy leaves him black and blue.
Billy's a dodgy accountant for politician and racketeer Pink Harrison, who is about to come unstuck.
Superintendent James Mallow, CID, is determined to nail Pink.
Meanwhile Redmond O'Boyle, professional terrorist and occasional birdwatcher, is languishing in a Colombian jail and his only way out is to kill himself and trust in reincarnation.